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Allegheny West Foundation

Organization: Non-Profit Community Development
Facility Type: Walk-in Resource
Status: Open

Allegheny West Foundation Community Center
2330 West Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Region:Delaware Valley

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Mission: AWF’s mission is to improve the quality of life
in the Allegheny West community for our residents. To
achieve this, we set the following strategic goals:

Increase the supply of affordable housing through the
acquisition and redevelopment of sale housing and
services that encourage home maintenance

Nurture economic growth in the Allegheny West area by
encouraging business development and the revitalization
of industrial areas

Increase employment opportunities for residents so they
can secure a stable, living wage

Strengthen the social fabric of the community by
addressing problems identified by local residents,
including lack of access to healthcare, education
and other services

Promote civic engagement of area residents through
programs that nurture youth and protect elders

Improve the quality of education available to youth
by providing work-based learning opportunities, reading
enrichment programs and basic computer instruction

Areas Served: Allegheny West

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The Allegheny West Foundation is one of the oldest and
most successful community development corporations
(CDCs) in Philadelphia. Since 1968, we have worked to
revitalize our community and have focused tremendous
energy toward improving the quality of life for the
residents of Allegheny West.

We are a cornerstone in the Allegheny West community, and
our initiatives aim to continuously develop and improve
the neighborhood by helping residents find safe, affordable
and desirable housing while achieving educational and
economic success. The foundation of our success to date
has been our close ties to the community and our strong
network of supporters and partners.

In the 35 years since our founding, we have incorporated,
grown, and expanded to become a key partner in revitalizing
and developing the Allegheny West neighborhood. We play a
critical role in the growth of our community, and are
constantly working to:

-Promote the region
-Create social and business networks that bring investment
into our community
-Advance strategic community initiatives
-Encourage efforts that foster human development
-Instill a sense of pride and safety in the community

AWF helps strengthen the fabric of the community, and we
have been instrumental in repairing or rehabilitating
over 5 percent of the local housing stock, and have
helped scores of low- to moderate-income residents
either rent or own homes in Allegheny West. We have
also made improvements to the commercial and retail
corridors, initiating development through community

We recognize that community development takes much
more than four walls. Looking to the future, we
have expanded to include many more youth, education
and community programs.

We’ve partnered with several grassroots community
organizations to provide assistance for area residents
through a variety of initiatives. For senior citizens,
we administer food giveaway programs and coordinate
a cancer screening program. We run career development
programs for high school students, including summer
employment and civic engagement, and educational
programs, including Communities in Schools and City
Year. We’ve also helped provide services like technical
and financial assistance to over 200 business owners.

We enjoy excellent working relationships with other
Community Development Corporations and participate
in regular meetings with these organizations through
the Philadelphia Association of Community Development
Corporations. We also receive funding from our
corporate sponsor, Tasty Baking Company, through the
Department of Community and Economic Development
Comprehensive Services Program’s contributions.

Many more programs and improvements are planned in the
coming years.

We would not be where we are today without the financial
support and partnership of the Tasty Baking Company,
whose facilities are located in our neighborhood. The
company recognized an opportunity to contribute to the
improvement of its surrounding community, and has provided
Allegheny West the chance to not only survive, but thrive.

We are a Pennsylvania nonprofit community development
corporation, and are an operating, not funding,
organization with 501(c)3 status.

For all questions regarding real estate or administration,
please contact our corporate office:

Allegheny West Foundation
3413 Fox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215-221-8830
Fax: 215-221-5933

For all questions regarding community programs, please
contact the Community Center:

Allegheny West Foundation Community Center
2330 West Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone: 215-226-0130
Fax: 215-226-0190

All mail should be sent to:

Allegheny West Foundation
2801 Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129-1392


This facility is a member agency of the Philabundance Food

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Created At: Sat Dec 15 03:00:34 -0700 2007
Updated At: Sat Nov 29 17:14:00 -0700 2008
Updated By: LTel

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